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Never too young to learn CPR

Never too young to learn CPR

Never too young to learn CPR

You are never too young to learn the basics of helping someone.  Meet Talie she is our youngest and she firmly believes these Baby Annes need her help resuscitating them! She had 3 babies lined up and performed high quality CPR on all three.  “I’m saving the babies, mommy”.  Ah, so precious.. Okay, Yes! I am biased!

What about the special young people in your life? Will they know what to do in an emergency?

In July we are offering several options for young children to learn the basics of CPR at  “Independence Day” rates all month long!  Email: Adrian@ntxcpr.org to reserve a space for the young person in your life!!

Class A: Ages 8 – 11 will learn CPR for infant and children along with what to do if he or she is choking or if a friend is choking. We will also cover how and when to call 911.  $25 (cash or check only, please).

Class B: Ages 12 – 15 will learn CPR for infant, child, and adult, Relief of Choking and they will make their own First Aid Kit.  This is an excellent course for students who are becoming interested in babysitting. $45 (cash or check only, please).

First Aid Tips

This week I had the opportunity to visit one of my very first commercial accounts, Landmark Structures. I love getting to certify the employees!  This year we were talking about the effects of the heat. We know sugary drinks are not the answer but what about Sport Drinks? Too many of them are full of sugar and we recommend sticking to water or watering down the sports drinks (at least 4:1 ratio of water:sports drink).  Several of the guys who work in the field shared how drinking Pedialyte helps battle heat exhaustion much faster and better than traditional sports drinks!

To learn more First Aid tips please attend a CPR First Aid class with us!

 

Call today: 972-835-2994

First Aid Kit

What should I put in my 1st Aid Kit?  This is a common question I am asked during CPR classes.

Here are my top recommendations. Be sure to comment with any other items you keep in your 1st Aid kit.

 

  • Barrier Device or Pocket Mask
  • Gloves
  • Band-aids (usually princess characters because of my 3 girls!)  Remember to have a variety of sizes
  • Guaze pads
  • Rolls of Guaze (I usually keep 2 on hand)
  • Ziplock baggies – in case we need to make our own ice pack (ice and water sealed in the bag works great!)
  • Fast Action Ice Packs
  • Neosporin Cream
  • Benadryl Cream
  • Alcohol swabs
  • Sharpie Marker (to mark the size of any bites)
  • Sunscreen – we use sunscreen year-round in Arizona and Texas 😉

Be safe this summer!

 

Babysitter Check List

This month I have had the privilege of working with some great youth in my Babysitter Courses. We decided we should compile a list of questions the Babysitter’s should ask the parents.

  • Home Address (i recommend having it posted near the phone or on the fridge in case of emergency)
  • Phone #’s for the parents
  • Location the parents will be with address and phone #
  • Schedule they would like the kids to follow (meals, bed times, time limits on tv/games?)
  • Expectations for the home (clean up dishes/toys/other items)
  • Is there a helpful neighbor in an emergency?
  • Is there a family member living close to call if parents are not reachable?

 

Do you have any other tips to help these ladies thrive as Babysitters? Post them in the comments

Water Safety

Today I had the amazing privilege to give a Water Safety and CPR presentation at the  Ann and Nate Levine Academy in Plano!

The participants came ready and willing to learn.  They all did a wonderful job sharing their experiences and asking questions.  It was asked that we share some of the main points for everyone’s future reference.  I thought about just emailing the participants but then realized it would be good information for all our readers to remember!

Accidents are not planned and the best way to handle any situation is to be prepared ahead of time. Just having a plan in place will give you confidence to handle any situation you may face.  We decided that Prevention Starts with US and it begins NOW!

I encourage you, as I did the ladies today, to take time and talk with your family and set your own Summer and Water Safety Rules TODAY! Talk about them with your children often, even as you go about your daily life and are not near the water.

Growing up as a fireman’s daughter we had very strict rules about being in and near water.  My father had pulled too many children from backyard pools to take chances with his own children. My mother would always put our life jackets on us BEFORE we even were at the pool fence of our neighborhood pool.  We had to ALWAYS wear a life jacket at the lake.  If we were going to a new friend’s house we had to ask if they had a pool and then my parents would decide if we could go or not and it always depended on who was going to be watching us.

Here are some of the Water Safety Rules my family follows.  Be sure to share your own with us! Learning together we can BE THE DIFFERENCE in the lives of those we love.

BEFORE entering the pool:

  • Apply Sunscreen
  • Put on a life jacket or other approved floatation aid (swimmies, puddle jumper, etc. I personally prefer the swim belts as it keeps our daughter’s hands free to learn proper swim technique)

Once INSIDE the pool area – but BEFORE in the pool:

  • Check the water to be sure there isn’t anything unsafe in the pool.
  • Locate the Safety Equipment (Life buoy (rings or tube) and Shepherd’s Hook) – teach your children where they are located and how to use them.
  • Walk around the pool and talk about what the different numbers mean – depth of water; Higher numbers means deeper water.
  • Locate the main entrance and exits.  Are there any other points to get out.
  • Notice if a Lifeguard is present.  How many? We make it a game to count the lifeguards and know where they are stationed.  We often will say hello so that the kids are not afraid to ask the lifeguards for help if they need it. Build the relationships. I demonstrate respect for the lifeguards so my children will also.
  • See if you can find the AED Machine and Phone.

IN the POOL:

  • Only swim with Adult Supervision – we define adult as a responsible person with a driver’s license. Asking older siblings (under 16) is NOT a good idea.
  • Adults should always swim with at least one other adult – you could bump your head or end up with a leg cramp and need help.
  • Practice with your children swimming to and  holding on to the side of the pool.
  • Practice with your children swimming to the steps/stairs or entrance to the pool.  We do this a few times  throughout our play time in the pool as it can be easy to get disoriented in the water. Teaching the kids to always be aware of the exits and sides will really help them if they get tired.
  • Teach the children to FLOAT on their backs.  Have them swim a bit and then turn to float on their back.
  • Use ONLY approved floatation devices to help your child stay safe.  Placing an unskilled swimming child in or on a toy and letting them cruise the pool unattended is very dangerous. Keep a hand on them at all times.  POOL TOYS ARE NOT FLOATATION DEVICES.
  • Talk about appropriate play in the pool.  We do not rough house or play games that call out for “HELP”.  Yelling “HELP” is only for when in danger.
  • Keep the water clear of extra pool toys not in use.  They are distracting and can block the view of lifeguards or water watcher.
  • Assign Water Watchers to keep track of everyone in the pool.  Give them a Water Watcher Lanyard (you can order them or make your own easily).  Water Watcher is constantly surveying the area looking for any struggling swimmers. They should only work about a 15 min shift and will need to NOT be involved in conversations with others. They should strictly focus on the water.

When Leaving the Pool Area:

  • Walk behind your children or holding their hands. Today it was shared, that while lifeguarding, a participant watched a family leave the pool.  The parents leading the way, did not notice one of their children slipping into the pool. Within seconds the lifeguard was able to rescue the child but the parents did not even realize what had happened until the child was out of the water. Thankfully, this woman was watching and sprinted into action quickly and saved the child’s life.

These are just my suggestions and are not an exhaustive list. Be sure to talk with your family and make your own Water Safety Rules!!

Remember, it only takes a little drop of water for a child to drown.  It doesn’t have to be the pool.  Drownings occur in bucket of shallow water, bathtubs, pools, rivers, oceans, lakes, etc. Every SECOND counts.  A person can drown in as few as 20 – 60 seconds.

Interested in learning more about Keeping your Family and Loved Ones Safe? Sign up for a CPR Class and we will tailor it to fit your learning needs!  You can BE the DIFFERENCE in someone’s life just by taking a CPR course through North Texas CPR.

Be SAFE this Summer and All year Round!

Hugs,

Adrian

 

 

Spring Break!

My family of five just returned from a 7 day road trip. We had a few days to catch up with family in Peoria, AZ and then spent a few days exploring Flagstaff. Our girls weren’t as interested in the Grand Canyon as we had hoped but they sure did like Bedrock City!

On our journey home we celebrated my husband’s birthday by taking the World’s Longest Tram up the Sandia Mountains in New Mexico.  The view was breathtaking.  It even snowed during dinner! My girls were delighted with “REAL SNOW” as opposed to the ice storms North Texas has experienced this year.

Now we are home, back to reality, and cleaning!  As I am finishing up the laundry and getting the home back in order I am thinking ahead to all this week holds.  I will be training  a sweet couple who are foster parents, a health-care physical therapist,  fitness boot camp instructors, Girl Scout leaders, and some sweet teenagers will be taking my 3rd Babysitter’s CPR 1st Aid Course! PHEW!!  Thank goodness we took a week to relax!

As you begin your Spring Cleaning be sure to double check that your CPR Certification is valid! If you are about to expire then give me a shout and we’ll get you scheduled!